Villa Olmo, Como
The Villa Olmo is a neoclassical villa located by the lake shore. It was built at the end of the eighteenth century. It is named after a great elm tree which once grew in the grounds and was supposedly mentioned by Pliny the Younger. Today it is used for exhibitions.
Tuesday to Thursday: from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday to Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(ticket office closes an hour earlier)
Closed on Mondays.
The grounds are open to the public and are also used for exhibitions. When I visited there were a number of sculptures of fish scattered around.
The park also has a number of cafes and restaurants.
Villa Olmo is one of the grand villas by Lake Como. It was constructed between 1782 - 1797 and is built in a neoclassical style. It has had many famous guests through the years, like Napoleon Bonaparte and Ugo Foscolo
Since 1924 it belongs to the city of Como and now days it hosts art exhibitions. There is also a garden open to the public.
Villa Olmo got its name from an old elm tree, which doesn’t exist anymore.
Villa Olmo is the most famous villa in Como, and the most important one. It's situated a bit outside of city center, along the beautiful lake promenade full of nice villas. It's in the middle of the lovely park that extends in front of it, as well as behind, and it has a nice view of the lake, which is just in front.
Take a walk from Como downtown, passing by the Volta monument and following the lakeside to the villa. it's a very lovely walk!
Villa got its name after a big hundred year old elm tree that doesn't exist anymore, and it was built at the end of 18th century. Right after it was finished, it started hosting very important persons, like Napoleon.
Before it was given to the city of Como, it belonged to duke Visconti di Modrone.
Since 80's it's the home of "Alessandro Volta" Centre of Scientific Culture and it hosts many international events.
It is in two floors, and in the ground floor there is a very interesting Mirror Room, with all walls made in mirrors.
You will have access to the rear gardens of Villa Olmo - it is great to take advantage of this area - the narrow pathways, the waterway that comes under the road above, the cats that live there, huge tree for which the Villa is named - absolutely hidden gems behind the Villa.
The name, Villa Olmo, is derived from a magnificent hundred-year-old elm which no longer exists.Villa Olmo was built at the end of the Eighteenth Century. Inside it has a magnificent three floor hall, enriched with stuccoes and wonderful balconies .All this is on the shores of the lake and its garden is now open to the public.
Villa Olmo hosts most of the cultural activities such as: concerts, rehearsals, congresses and exhibitions.
Stop and tour Villa Olmo - a must-see along the Como waterfront promenade. Most often there is an art exhibit being shown. Take note of the architectural detail. Enjoy!
At Villa Olmo you can walk down the steps to the elaborate boat entrance way - dip your feet in the lake there.